5 By the 5th Virtual Race Recap

Last week, I did my first 5K for the Laura’s 5 By The 5th Virtual Race Series.

My intention for the this series is to try to improve my 5K time each month. I did my “race” on the treadmill last Thursday. It was -2 degrees outside when I woke up. No thanks! I’ll run inside today!

I did a one mile warm up at an easy pace, cleared the time, then kicked it up to race pace (8:27). I’m not really sure what my 5k race pace is since I’ve never done one. I know, I’m odd. I prefer the longer distances ’cause I like to get my money’s worth. ๐Ÿ™‚

As the distance moved along, I was feeling way too comfortable so I kicked up the speed some more to 8:13. Eventually, I settled on a 7:54 pace till the last half mile. I wanted to finish under 25 minutes so I increased to 7:36. Finishing time: 24:25. I snapped a picture as proof:

January 5 by the 5th Virtual Race - happyfitmama.com

Notice anything odd about the picture? It wasn’t till the next day that I realized – a 5k is 3.1 miles not 3.2! Haha! Opps! Then I thought, Dang! My time was better than I thought it was. Proof that the 5k distance is not my thing or my brain wasn’t fully functioning at 5 a.m. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will also be using this series to help achieve 13 races in 2013. I’m still in the process of mapping out my races for the year. I’ve got a few in mind that I just love doing. There are even some trail races that sound kind of enticing. Although it seems I need to get on that ASAP since they close out pretty quickly.

Weekend Group Run

Over the weekend, I had a chance to run with my local running group. I haven’t been able to join the group in months but it finally worked out on Saturday. Four of us got together beforehand and ran an easy 5 miles before meeting up with everyone else. It was a great crowd of eager runners! We ran the familiar New Castle loop that is one of my favorites. Sunshine, balmy conditions (30+ degrees!), and great conversation – It was a perfect winter day for taking in the ocean sites while running the Seacoast of New Hampshire.

New Castle Causeway - happyfitmama.com

I’m hoping to run with the group a lot more in the coming months. While I enjoy some runs by myself, I find that running with stronger/faster people gives me a motivational push to get a little bit more out of my comfort zone. I need to learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Plus, I just love talking about races and running in general!

11 miles Garmin - happyfitmama.com

Back to the daily grind. Haha, The Grind! Does anyone else remember that show on MTV with Eric Nies? I watched it all the time!

What’s your favorite race distance?

Do you prefer running with others or by yourself?

22 comments on “5 By the 5th Virtual Race Recap

  1. You definitely have a speedier 5k in you… that was the perfect way to start, and I am sure you’ll be faster each month. I also never raced a 5k until this past year! I always had goals for the ten mile or half marathon distance.
    Too funny about the 3.2! I saw your Instagram pic and didn’t catch that.
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  2. I’m not a fan of 5K distance at all. I like both – running solo or with a partner. I think sometimes I need that alone time, but other times it’s really nice to have the company as well. I’ve never run with a group though. The most I’ve run with was Jason and my running partner for a few miles then he broke off and finished separately.
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    1. I was definitely intimated when I first joined the group. I thought I’d be the slowest and get left in the dust. But there’s such a wide range of paces and abilities that you find your niche.

  3. That looks like a beautiful, fun group run! I often prefer to run by myself, but mostly for convenience. I’m kinda lazy and prefer running right from home. I do enjoy group runs, too, though; I just find they are so difficult to coordinate sometimes. My favorite race distance is the half marathon, but I’m really trying to work on speed this year, so 2013 will be the year of the 5k for me. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. Nice job on the 5k! Great way to jumpstart the 13 races. I like that you’re planning to do one/month–it will be fun for you to see progress (as long as it’s 3.1, not 3.2!).

    I love my Saturday group run. We have about 100 people show up for it every week–fun!
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  5. Great job on your 5K! I too think that you have a speedier 5K in you ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t like short races. I’m not a fast runner so prefer something a little longer. I kind of like running alone – running with a group is too much pressure for me sometimes. That being said, I definitely push myself more when I do run with others. Maybe I need to do that more. And yes! That Grind! Kind of loved Eric Nies.
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